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Biodiversity patterns are strongly connected to land use by herbivores and human activity. Africa occupies one-fifth of the global land surface and here live a quarter of the World's approximate 4,700 mammal species and 1,600 bird species which are endemic (existing only in this area.) A great number of these species are endangered or critically endangered, due to various stresses on the environment. In Kenya the National Parks include the World famous Masai Mara, bordering the Serengeti in Tanzania, home to a number of these endangered species. Between July and October unimaginable numbers of wilderbeest, zebra, gazelles and big cats make the journey from the Serengeti in Tanzania into the Masai Mara in Kenya, crossing the border to reach grazing sites which are lush after the rains. The proposal to build a highway through the Masai Mara/Serengeti has raised grave concerns from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and The World Heritage Centre as it would cut off these migration routes, encourage poaching and desturb the habitat for these animals.
African Savanna Elephant (Loxodonta africana), Masai Mara Reserve, Kenya
Coke's Hartebeest (Alcelaphus buselaphus cokii), Masai Mara Reserve, Kenya
Masai Mara Reserve, tourist observe wildlife from hot air baloon, Kenya
Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius), Masai Mara Reserve, Kenya
Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius), Masai Mara Reserve, Kenya
African Savanna Elephant (Loxodonta africana), Masai Mara Reserve, Kenya
African Savanna Elephant (Loxodonta africana), Masai Mara Reserve, Kenya
Grant's Gazelle (Nanger granti), Masai Mara Reserve, Kenya
Black-headed Heron (Ardea melanocephala), Masai Mara Reserve, Kenya
Topi (Damaliscus lunatus), Masai Mara Reserve, Kenya
Red-necked Spurfowl (Francolinus afer), Masai Mara reserve, Kenya
Crowned Lapwing (Vanellus coronatus), Masai Mara Reserve, Kenya
Defassa Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus), Masai Mara, Kenya
Leopard (Panthera pardus), mother and child, Masai Mara Reserve, Kenya
Leopard (Panthera pardus), Masai Mara Reserve, Kenya
Male Lion (Panthera leo), Masai Mara Reserve, Kenya
Female Lion with cubs (Panthera leo), Masai Mara Reserve, Kenya
Female Lion (Panthera leo), Masai Mara Reserve, Kenya
Female Lion (Panthera leo), Masai Mara Reserve, Kenya
Cheetahs (Acinonyx Jubatus) got a wilderbeest, Masai Mara reserve, Kenya
Cheetahs (Acinonyx Jubatus) got a wilderbeest, Masai Mara reserve, Kenya
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